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Doctor Zhivago (1965)

US 197m, Colour
Director: David Lean; Cast: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness, Tom Courtenay

Doctor Zhivago is an epic romantic drama set against the Russian Revolution – a movie as big in scale as had been seen since Gone With the Wind (1939). Based on the Boris Pasternak novel of the same name, Doctor Zhivago is a beautiful looking production which also features Maurice Jarre’s most memorable musical film score. Despite the technical luster, Lean’s Hollywood-styled version of the Russian Revolution and his melodramatic-styled romance detract from the underlying political statement which gets lost in an overly long and unnecessarily manipulative screenplay (Klaus Ming August 2012).

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2 comments on “Doctor Zhivago (1965)

  1. SJHoneywell
    08/20/2012

    A-men. This one was too sentimental for my tastes, particularly with that huge, sweeping story available.

    • Klaus
      08/21/2012

      One of those films that hasn’t held up very well over time. I had recalled liking it when I’d first watched many years ago. My recent re-watch was quite disappointing.

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